Round 9 – St Kilda v Essendon: Welcoming visitors with a magnificent win

Guaranteeing an enjoyable weekend of footy for her American mates was foremost on Yvette Wroby’s to-do list. A Saints victory made it that much sweeter.

AFL Round 12: Essendon v Melbourne: Bombers fail to convince

By Josh Barnstable It’s the last day of the term and next week we start semester two. How does that work out? Why is it like that? It’s because of the Government, with the idea that we cannot finish school for the entire semester and go on holidays today, the 19th of June. So next [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Essendon v Melbourne: It was worth it to see Jurrah make debut

By Steve Healy There aren’t many good things about the second week of the split round. No Saturday afternoon footy is the main worry. But it wasn’t worrying me when I came home from school on Friday. I was confident that Melbourne could give the Bombers a shake and Jurrah would star on debut. If [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Sydney v Collingwood: Victory is determined by whether I record the game or not

By Andrew Fithall Given every supporter controls the outcome of every match, it is amazing there are ever outcomes at all. Some people affect the result by attending the game, some by not attending. Listening to the game live on radio when the telecast is delayed has also been known to directly affect the performance [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Shaw, the slipping Swan

by    Danielle Eid Ahh, can it get any better? Exams are over and my family is happy to have the ‘normal’ Danni back. I was able to ace my Literature, History and Media exams (haven’t got my English back yet) However to my dismay I produced a Rhyce Shaw by slipping on my accounting exam.  [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Sydney v Collingwood: Pies make Shaw of strong win

By Steve Fahey One of the unfortunate consequences of the draft has been the frequency with which siblings end up at different clubs.  Let’s call it the Selwood phenomenon, if it doesn’t already have a name. While the father-son rule has been great in helping maintain and build family traditions within clubs, siblings ending up [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Richmond v West Coast: Tiger Kop barely moved to song by humdrum win

By Sam Steele They’ve got a Kop at Richmond these days! Rushing into Docklands just as the ball is bounced, I’m expecting a new dawn of sorts as the Tigers start life under new coach, Jade Rawlings.  He’s dropped all the old-timers in the team apart from Cousins, and is expecting our youngest team in [Read more]

Round 12: Carlton v St Kilda: Even a Tigers fan admits the Blues deserves praise

By Sam Steele I’m home alone – a rare event in the Steele household.  Older son Tom has gone to the game with some university mates.  Younger son Billy is at a party.  My better half, the non-footballing Yang to the football-mad Yin of the three boys in the family, is having a family reunion [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Richmond v West Coast: All in all another great day in my young life

By Josh Barnstable An early morning is necessary today. Due to an absolute screw-up by the Picola and District Football League, my club, Waaia, has been put in the same division as clubs like Tungamah (our opponents today), Shepp East, Dookie and Rennie, which are 60 kilometres away, while the other half of the competition [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Adelaide v North Melbourne: Of Simmo and a Sunday night in Fitzroy

By Andrew Starkie The only distinctive features on the front exterior of an otherwise unremarkable Fitzroy terrace house are the image of the Virgin Mary and the handwritten sign advertising meal times.  This is the Missionaries of Charity Men’s Refuge and Soup Kitchen.  It’s off Gertrude Street. Most pass by without noticing it on their [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Richmond v West Coast: Tigers offer picture of hope

By John Green I have a favourite footy photo. It was taken at a Richmond-Collingwood match at Punt Road in May 1933. It shows legendary Collingwood coach Jock McHale sitting on the bench by the boundary fence alongside his nineteenth man. McHale hasn’t noticed the photographer. He is glancing down at a fob watch. Spectators [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Bulldogs v Port Adelaide: Dogs chew up insipid Port

By Nick Kossatch I was on a ‘high’ after watching the St Kilda and Carlton match the previous night – Friday night footy on national TV. It was pure football – tough, no flooding, and man-on-man. The following day, on a cool Saturday afternoon, in my role as a football writer for The Murray Pioneer, [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Carlton v St Kilda: Saints fall in in a ring-a-ding-ding affair

By Josh Barnstable Having a day off school means you can relax for the day. It is also vital that you relax your muscles after a tough night of footy training and, in today’s case, rest your muscles after a night of dancing, raving and just having fun at the school social. For me, I [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Adelaide v North Melbourne: Crows’ win more impressive than you might think

By John Kingsmill I sat in the winter rain with my red Rocky Mountaineer fold-down beanie over my ears; my Kathmandu lightweight altica mountain top, with a fold-up zippered collar that reached the beanie; a $2 plastic poncho over all of that; a waterproof rug over my 56-year-old denim knees; a Crows cushion on the [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Lights, Camera, Cousins!

by Michael Allan As I walk through the turnstiles looking around for the absent Record seller, I notice something unusual, West Coast supporters are everywhere. How could I forget? Tonight, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Cousins” (I was drafted under exceptional circumstances) crosses another plot in this gripping saga as Ben faces his old club West Coast. [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Saints hit the dozen

By Damian Watson All week, in the words of the Easybeats I had “Friday On My Mind” as I had a long four days completing my Year Nine exams. Friday was also on the minds of everyone involved at Carlton and St.Kilda as they prepared for a Friday Night blockbuster at Etihad Stadium. As I [Read more]